The number one priority for clients filing a personal injury claim, is being awarded enough compensation so that their medical bills are taken care of and so that their lives can get back on track. Whether you’re a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice cases or you’re a car injury lawyer when you’re dealing with the fallout of an accident that wasn’t their fault, it’s important that clients understand that there are some aspects of their case that they can control. And in doing so, could help ensure that they get the compensation that they need and deserve.
Read on for 5 ways to maximize compensation in a personal injury case.
Always preserve evidence
Like in any legal case, having plenty of strong, relevant evidence is crucial to getting the result you want. In a personal injury case, the preservation of good evidence plays a vital role in the strength of your case and ultimately, your compensation. Information such as the names and contact details of any witnesses who were present at the time of the accident, as well as copies of the police report and of course photographs and video evidence of the scene itself, any damage caused and your injuries. All this can be used in court to strengthen the personal injury case.
Ensure medical treatment is sought
By insisting that clients seek full medical attention after an incident means that their doctor or medical team can create a picture of the full extent of their injuries. Any medical reports containing this information can be used as evidence to support the claimants case. The medical team will also create a follow up treatment plan which will also be helpful in establishing the possibility of a higher settlement.
Don’t neglect the mental impact
We focus so much on the physical side of things, that we often forget to include the mental distress the whole ordeal has had on the claimant. From PTSD to flashbacks, emotional damage, anxiety, the affect the ordeal has had on relationships and of course lack of enjoyment. Claimants should be encouraged to keep a diary detailing the day to day effects that this torment has on their lives.
Remember the statute of limitations
Ensuring that the client is aware of the statute of limitations is crucial if they hope to win a settlement. As soon as an incident occurs, claimants run the risk of running out of time to file. It’s also worth noting that the sooner a claimant files, the sooner they can begin collecting evidence formally.
Advise against social media
Social media is a huge part of every day life, and its because of this that clients should exercise caution online. If your claimant is claiming that they have terrible injuries that are preventing them from enjoying life, yet their social media pages show them water skiing on holiday and living life to the full, then they could potentially jeopardize their entire case. It’s best to advise clients not to speak with anyone about their case, except for their legal team who can advise them accordingly.